AN ASSOCIATION for land owners has urged residents to use registered removal firms after the area’s ‘worst ever’ fly-tipping site was discovered near Havant.
A criminal investigation began after the shocking scale of the 100m by 100m site on the outskirts of the town was revealed recently.
Among the swathes of rubbish dumped were sofas, beds and even pornography – all thought to have been left by gangs over time.
As investigations into the ‘environmental hazard’ continue, the mess has been condemned by Country Land and Business Association (Cla), who have dished out ‘top tips’ to help residents avoid contributing to a similar situation in the future.
In pictures: Area’s ‘worst ever’ fly-tipping site discovered near Havant
Regional director Robin Edwards said: ‘It’s easy to visit the Environment Agency website and check the waste licence that the carrier should be able to provide you, to check they’re not using a fake one. And they should be able to provide you with a certificate to show where the waste has been sent to.
‘It is worth paying for waste removal online if possible, as you then have a record that you’ve made the payment, rather than cash which is harder to trace if something does go wrong.’
The south east branch of the Cla represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural businesses.
According to the body, perpetrators of ‘industrial scale’ fly-tipping like that near Havant are ‘normally carried out by organised crime units’.
‘These units go round taking waste from sites and then dispose of it illegally, expecting private landowners or the taxpayer to foot the bill,' Mr Edwards said.
‘We would urge anyone who sees people dumping items or acting suspiciously to report it, either through the 101 service or to your local authority.’
The mass fly-tipping near Havant comes a few weeks after Chichester District Council appealed for information after more than 500 tyres were dumped across the district in a fortnight.
Cla said there were 202 incidents of tyres being dumped illegally in Sussex in 2016/17, up 22 per cent on the previous year.